Your parent may have lived their entire life without a disability only to develop one or more serious physical or cognitive impairments in their senior years.

Depending on the impairment’s severity, they may be eligible for the disability tax credit, which can reduce their income tax burden.

The impairments covered by the credit fall under the categories of walking, speaking, hearing, vision, dressing, feeding, eliminating, mental functions and life-sustaining therapy. To be eligible, an individual must have a “severe and prolonged impairment” in one category or “significant limitations” in two or more categories. For example, someone might receive the credit if they need help dressing due to rheumatoid arthritis and they have considerable hearing loss.

If you believe your parent may be eligible, you must submit the Disability Tax Credit Certificate to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), with the application certified by either a medical doctor or a specialist in the field of the individual’s impairment.

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